Quarterly News Bulletin and Exhibition Schedule
- New Exhibitions Opening Spring 2001
- Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center
- Future Exhibitions-through June 2002
- Performances, Readings, and Events
- Lectures, Conferences, and Symposia
News Around the Getty
EXHIBITIONS AT THE GETTY CENTER
All exhibitions located in the J. Paul Getty Museum unless otherwise indicated.
New Exhibitions Opening Spring 2001
August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933
March 6-June 24, 2001
During the tumultuous post-World War I period of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), many German artists were inspired by a new political freedom. Berlin became an international artistic center, and the country produced such cultural icons as the Bauhaus school, Joseph von Sternberg's film Blue Angel, Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera, Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain, and a new realism in painting that reflected observations about contemporary government and society. In photography, the Cologne portraitist August Sander expanded upon his pre-war idea of systematically portraying all strata of German society. He had begun with the peasant farmers of his native Westerwald region, and then added portraits of tradesmen, professionals, industrialists, secretaries, artists, the unemployed, the disabled, and others. This exhibition not only surveys Sander's relentless portraiture of the 1920s and early 1930s, but it reveals the face of Germany immediately before Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Press Release
To Create a Living Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawings
May 1-July 15, 2001
The multifaceted art of drawing in the 19th century informs the conception of drawing in our own time. This exhibition of approximately 30 drawings highlights the Getty's numerous recent acquisitions of 19th-century drawings. Featured works include Pierre Bonnard's design for the poster Moulin Rouge, Gustave Courbet's Sleeping Bacchante, and Georges Seurat's Woman Strolling.
A Royal Menagerie: Porcelain Animals from Dresden
Opening May 1, 2001
As part of an ongoing and mutually beneficial partnership between the Getty and the State Art Collections of Dresden, Germany, the Dresden Porcelain Collection is lending fourteen large Meissen porcelain animals that were executed between 1730 and 1735 for Frederick-Augustus I, Elector of Saxony, known as "Augustus the Strong" (1679-1733). The commission for these large porcelain sculptures was highly important for the young Meissen porcelain manufactory. The size of the figures presented great difficulties in making and firing the porcelain, and their mere completion in most cases was extraordinary. These were the creations of two men with remarkably distinct artistic personalities, the court sculptor Johann Gottlieb Kirchner and Johann Joachim Kaendler. Rarely has such a large group of these figures been loaned outside Germany.
Also on loan are three paintings from Dresden's New Master's Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister) by German Romantic artists Ernst Ferdinand Oehme, Carl Gustav Caru and Caspar David Friedrich. These haunting landscapes join the Getty's own painting by Friedrich, A Walk at Dusk, and enrich the Museum's representation of the German Romantic spirit. The Friedrich is on view through May 13, 2001; the Oehme and Carus through January 2002.
May 22-August 26, 2001
Color, one of the most basic ways to experience the world visually, has always been an essential tool of artistic communication. In manuscript illumination, color is used for its symbolic associations, for organizing compositions, for telling stories clearly, and for sheer brilliance of effect. Over time, shades of color were also used in radically different ways to model the human figure and to construct landscape. Drawing on highlights from the permanent collection, this exhibition examines these diverse functions of color as employed by medieval and Renaissance manuscript illuminators. The exhibition includes illuminated manuscripts from throughout Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin dating from the 12th to the 16th century. Press Release
Continuing Exhibitions and Installations at the Getty Center
Mexico: From Empire to Revolution
Part II: February 24 through May 20, 2001
This two-part exhibition of photographs taken between the 1850s and 1920s captures the political struggles and everyday life of Mexico. Part II begins in the 1870s and traces the emergence of Mexico as a modern nation over the next 50 years, concluding with the extraordinary upheaval caused by the 1910 revolution that submerged the country in civil war for more than 10 years. Research Institute Exhibition Gallery. Press Release
Voyages and Visions: Early Photographs from the Wilson Family Collection
October 24, 2000-February 18, 2001
Drawn from the Wilson Family Collection, Voyages and Visions features photographs dating from the emergence of this new medium in 1839 through the golden age of the 1850s--a particularly innovative period in the early history of photography. As methods were refined and materials improved, photographers ventured further afield in their attempt to document the world. The voyages and visions explored here cover most of the world's continents through diverse photographs by masters including William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Dr. John Murray, Édouard Baldus, and Ernest Benecke. Amassed over the past 20 years by Michael and Jane Wilson, astute collectors of the medium, the Wilson Family Collection is based in Los Angeles and London. Many of the works in this exhibition are on view for the first time. Press Release
Statue of an Emperor: A Conservation Partnership
This exhibition features the conservation of a statue of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who ruled the Roman Empire from A.D. 161 to 180. The statue belongs to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the conservation was a collaboration between the Pergamon and the Getty Museum. Composed of approximately 40 fragments of four different types of marble, some original, others carved during different restoration campaigns of the 18th and 19th centuries, the statue was in danger of collapsing because the joints between the fragments had loosened over time. The conservators took the statue completely apart and reassembled it. Video segments show this process as it took place in the conservation laboratories of the Getty Museum. The exhibition highlights changes in restoration and conservation practices that have occurred between the 18th and 21st centuries. Press Release
Making a Renaissance Painting
December 5, 2000-August 19, 2001
Renaissance painters practiced their art according to specialized training and local traditions. This exhibition focuses on the methods and materials employed by the prominent Netherlandish artist Joachim Beuckelaer for his splendid Miraculous Draught of Fishes (1563). Every step in the painting of this large panel painting, produced in Antwerp, is explored. The installation shows how wooden panels were selected and prepared, and how a variety of pigments were made ready for painting in the workshop of the master painter. Additionally, the scientific methods used to study the painting, such as x-radiography, infra-red reflectography, and cross-sections are explained, revealing the complex processes of Beuckelaer's painting. Press Release
Drawing the Landscape: 1500-1800
January 23-April 15, 2001
This exhibition explores artists' depiction of the landscape--whether real or imaginary, sublime or picturesque--in drawings spanning from the Renaissance to the Romantic era. Highlights include Titian's delicately rendered Pastoral Scene and Rembrandt's Landscape with the House with the Little Tower. Press Release
Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937
February 20-May 6, 2001
This landmark touring exhibition, seen here in its only U.S. venue, uses architectural drawings, photographs, models, books, and archival film clips to explore the origins and development of modern architecture in Central Europe before and after the First World War, a time of dramatic social and political change. The three main themes are: the debate about new aesthetics and the dissemination of new architectural languages; the structure and symbols of the modern city; and the relationship of architecture to the pre- and post-World War I social and political order. This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute; the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture; in association with Kunstforum Wien. Press Release
Ritual Splendor: Illuminated Liturgical Manuscripts
February 20-May 6, 2001
The books consulted by bishops, priests, monks, and nuns in religious services are among the most splendidly illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This exhibition of 17 manuscripts dating from the 10th to the 16th century, all from the Museum's permanent collection, highlights the illumination of liturgical books. It introduces the different types of books and their characteristic illumination. One manuscript, for example, shows the Resurrection within the opening letter R of the chants for Easter Sunday. The exhibition also includes representations of the liturgy and explores the way the liturgical celebration of events from Christ's life and the commemoration of the saints marked the passing of the seasons for medieval Christians. Press Release
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection
Featuring works dating from 2500 B.C. to the 6th century A.D., this installation highlights Greek and Roman antiquities from the Museum's collection. Included are a 5th-century B.C. limestone-and-marble statue of a goddess believed to be Aphrodite; a rare, early Cycladic harpist dating to 2500 B.C; and the Lansdowne Herakles, which was one of J. Paul Getty's favorite works. The exhibition also features numerous works from the Fleischman collection acquired by the Museum in 1996, including a magnificent bronze cauldron with a grinning satyr and a spectacular ensemble of jewelry worn by a Greek woman more than 2,000 years ago.
Future Exhibitions through December 2001
Walker Evans and Company
July 10-September 16, 2001
Drawn from the collection of and organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Walker Evans and Company asks the question: Where can the influence of Evans or parallels to his work be seen in photographs, paintings, sculpture, and graphic arts produced in the past eighty years? Considering Evans' favorite subjects--the old versus the new, social types, what people call home, pictures of pictures, the movies, facades of buildings, and the image of people alone--this exhibition presents a sense of how Evans wove pieces of European modernism and second-hand-shop Americana into a unique visual tapestry. Evans was among the first photographers to break completely with the idea that a good photograph should look like a painting, but the keen eye he brought to all his subject matter left a lasting impression on many artists.
The American Tradition & Walker Evans: Photographs from the Getty Collection
July 10-October 28, 2001
Walker Evans redrew the map of American visual culture in the 1930s by photographing what he believed to be the most common aspects of the American scene. His subjects were small-town main streets, homes of average Americans, typical modes of transportation, everyday styles of dress, and the environmental residue of a consumer-driven society. Yet he was not the first photographer in quest of the American spirit. Evans walked in the footsteps of pioneers of photography already active for more than 50 years who were also focused on typically American subjects. In addition to 35 Evans photographs, this exhibition includes approximately 75 works by other photographers of the American scene. They range from regional photographers such as the Langenheim brothers of Philadelphia, Carlton Watkins of San Francisco, and Adam Clark Vroman of Pasadena to classic photographers of the first half of the 20th century including Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, and Doris Ulmann. Like Evans, these artists explored the quintessence of this country from their own unique perspectives.
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings, 1520-1820
July 31-October 14, 2001
From the Renaissance onward, artists were encouraged not only to depict the supernatural realms of the Bible and classical mythology, but also to use everyday life as a source of inspiration. This yielded a vast new fund of subjects, drawn primarily from the major forces governing the rhythm of human existence: work and leisure. This exhibition explores these themes in drawings from the Renaissance through the early 19th century, showing how artists cast an ever more intense look at the vibrancy of the surrounding world.
The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor
September 11-December 2, 2001
This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see more than 60 pages of the Gladzor Gospels, one of the masterpieces of Armenian illumination of the 14th century. It also introduces the manuscript's illuminators, and its place within Western European, Byzantine, and Islamic artistic traditions. The exhibition focuses on the particularly Armenian view of Christ's life expressed in the manuscript's miniatures. The manuscript is on loan from the Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library, UCLA, especially for the installation, which celebrates the 1700th anniversary of the Christianization of Armenia.
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (working title)
October 30, 2001-January 20, 2002
This exhibition showcases the breadth of the Museum's drawings collection with 30 portraits spanning the Renaissance through the 19th century throughout Europe. The installation includes preparatory drawings for large-scale portraits, like Ingres' Study for Madame Moitessier, and features finished portrait drawings meant as independent works of art. Valued since the 16th century for their intimacy and portability, these portraits demonstrate the continuous challenge of and fascination with the presentation of the self, for both artist and subject.
Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen
November 13, 2001-February 3, 2002
Devices of Wonder explores the fascinating world of visual illusion, with the Getty Research Institute's collection of 18th- to 20th-century optical games, toys, prints, and ephemera forming the core of the exhibition. Additional materials include scientific instruments, rare natural history books, trompe l'oeil paintings, trick furniture, a Wunderschrank (cabinet of wonders), and Lucas Samaras' Mirrored Room. Imaginative, interactive installations reveal engaging and compelling apparatus that produce visual information on the stage, at the studio or laboratory, and in the home. Magic lanterns, miniature peepshows, panoramas, moving dioramas, stereoscopes, Jeff Wall's cibachrome light boxes, and computers display how the "natural" eye has been transformed through sensory technology throughout time. The exhibition reveals how these optical devices brought about new forms of consciousness at different historical moments.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Optical Parables
November 13, 2001-February 17, 2002
Long hailed as one of the great masters of 20th-century photography, Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (b. 1902) blends an acute social consciousness with a poetic and often enigmatically modern sensibility. His work came into its own during the 1930s, following the social and political turmoil of Mexico's 10-year Revolution. It contains both Surrealist undertones and a magical documentary reality. In the eight decades since the end of the Revolution, Álvarez Bravo has continued to make photographs that lend artistic and social insight to the complexities of modern Mexican culture. Selected from the Museum's own holdings of rare photographs and from the collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, this exhibition traces Álvarez Bravo's evolution as an artist, from his early Pictorialist-inspired beginnings to his refined formalist style, and on to his later, emotion-driven imagery. This exhibition coincides with Álvarez Bravo's 100th birthday on February 4, 2002.
Medieval Readers and Their Books (Working Title)
December 18, 2001-March 10, 2002
In the Middle Ages, as now, reading opened windows onto worlds of information, entertainment, and inspiration. The concept of books, the texts that were read, and the conditions for reading them, however, were vastly different. To highlight these points, this exhibition turns to 18 Western European manuscripts from the Museum's permanent collection that date from the 11th to the 16th century. It explores the importance of the written word in medieval society, learning and literacy, and the practice of reading aloud before religious communities and princely courts. In addition to examining both the symbolism of books and the practice of reading in the Middle Ages, this exhibition charts the major technological changes that have influenced the way the written word has been communicated over time.
Rome on the Grand Tour (Working Title)
January 8, 2002-June 31, 2002
In the 18th century the Grand Tour--a journey across Northern Europe to Italy and the center of the classical past--formed an important way for eminent, young British travelers to acquire a canon of taste, noble ideas, and moral virtue. Featuring new acquisitions by the Getty Museum and Research Institute, Rome on the Grand Tour presents the Eternal City as a preeminent destination for the British aristocrat. Gathering together paintings, pastels, drawings, sculpture, artists' sketchbooks, antiquities, books, and prints, this exhibition captures the diversity of the Grand Tour experience and portrays the preparation, engagement, and memory intrinsic to the journey. The installation presents both the high art and cultural memorabilia generated by the Tour, including the printed materials that promoted and guided the journey, portraits, and souvenir city views and sculptural reproductions. It also features objects reflecting the serious study of the antique, which ultimately transcended the age of the Grand Tour and gave birth to Neoclassicism.
Railroads in Photography
March 5, 2002-June 23, 2002
By the 1830s, a revolutionary mode of transportation--the railroad--was spreading throughout Britain, Europe, and North America; and photography was revealed as a revolutionary way to make pictures. Through the talents and desires of key individuals, photography and the railroads together embarked on a journey that would span the world-s continents. From the beginning, the art and industry seemed bound together, and into the 20th century railroads remained a popular subject for photographers. From Édouard Baldus' images of the new French lines in the 1850s to O. Winston Link's nighttime views of the last steam-powered trains in 1950s America, the exhibition will explore the relationship of photography and railroads through a diverse and engaging selection of photographs.
Violence in the Medieval World
March 26-July 7, 2002
Violence seemed to surround those living in the Middle Ages on all sides–from land-ravaging wars and fierce tournaments designed for spectators to graphic depictions of the tortures endured by Christ. In the Middle Ages, violence was viewed as an integral, indeed necessary, aspect of life. Violence in the Medieval World features 20 European manuscripts and leaves dating from the 13th to the 16th century drawn from the Museum's permanent collection. The exhibition explores not only the widespread presence of violence in medieval society, but also shows how images of violence could be used to influence medieval viewers through didactic lessons or by appealing to the emotions.
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READINGS, AND EVENTS
Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations for parking and seating are required; call 310-440-7300 (notice of cancellation is appreciated). Seating is general admission and reservations for free events are honored until 15 minutes before the performance time. Doors open 45 minutes before the start of the program. Parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Friday Nights at the Getty - This free series of insight and imagination features eclectic Los Angeles artists. The Museum's galleries are open on Fridays until 9 p.m. Tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit of four seats per reservation.
Vocal and fiddle-playing phenomenon Eliza Carthy, the leading light in the UK's burgeoning neo-folk movement, performs songs from her major label debut, Angels & Cigarettes. Produced by Community Arts Resources. Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
A rare opportunity to spend an evening with legendary composer, arranger, and musician Van Dyke Parks along with guests Leland Sklar on bass and Grant Geissman on guitar. Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
By The Hand Of The Father combines music by singer/songwriter/guitarist Alejandro Escovedo with stories, poetry, and video to dramatize the unique 20th- century journey of the Mexican-American father. Produced by About Productions, an award-winning theater company, this original work has been described as "soulful" and "uplifting." It is directed by Theresa Chavez and features musicians and actors including Rose Portillo, Kevin Sifuentes, Alejandro Escovedo, and Quetzal Flores. Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sounds of L.A. 2001 - This free weekend concert series celebrates the city's diverse musical culture.
Songs of Our Land: Tlen-Huicani and Macuilxochitl Perform Sones Veracruzanos - Called the most faithful interpreters of traditional folk music from Veracruz, master musicians Tlen-Huicani travel from Jalapa to perform with local favorite Macuilxochitl in an afternoon of music from Mexico and beyond. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
Gordon Getty Concerts - Feature music complementing current Museum exhibitions.
Highlights from the Canadian Centre for Architecture Chamber Music Festival - These two concerts complement the Shaping the Great City exhibition. Under the artistic direction of violist Neal Gripp, a principal soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of gifted musicians performs arresting interpretations of modern Central European composers. Tickets: $15, available through Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS.
Program 1 - Soprano Karina Gauvin, guest artist, and an ensemble of strings and piano present compositions by Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Erwin Schulhoff, and Gideon Klein. Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Program 2 - An ensemble of strings and piano presents compositions by Leos Janacek, Zoltan Kodaly, Karol Szymanowski, and Andrzej Panufnik. Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Harry Smith Concert - The Harry Smith Symposium (see "Getty Research
Institute Lectures/Conferences") concludes with a musical tribute to Smith's
groundbreaking 1952 recording, Anthology of American Folk Music,
the primary inspiration for the folk revival of the 1960s. Featured performers
include Robert Lockwood, Jr., Geoff Muldaur, and the Handsome Family (subject
to change)--representing three successive generations of artists influenced
by the Anthology. For tickets ($30; limited student tickets $25)
call Tickets L.A. at 323-655-TKTS. Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Harry Smith Concert at UCLA - In conjunction with the Getty's Harry Smith symposium and related events ( see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences"), UCLA presents an all-star lineup of musicians in a radical reinterpretation of Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, including Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Mary Margaret O'Hara. Final lineup to be announced. For tickets call 310-825-2101. Wednesday April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA
Two Concerts Celebrating the Spirit of the David Tudor Archives - Rarely heard works by important musical mavericks and pioneers for pianos, electronics, and performance "actions" are presented in newly created realizations by performer/composers Vicki Ray and David Rosenboom, pianists, and Ron Kuivila and Mark Trayle, electronics. Presented in conjunction with the David Tudor symposium (see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences").
Program 1 - Action Piece 1, combining materials drawn from Eight Piano Transcriptions for David Tudor and Incidental Music - Five Piano Pieces by George Brecht, informed by various notes and correspondence between Brecht and Tudor; Constants IVa and IVb by Terry Jennings; For Two Pianos, I, II, and III by Michael von Biel; and Dialects by David Tudor.
Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Program 2 - Untitled by David Tudor; A Book of Music, Two Prepared Pianos by John Cage; Nature Pieces for Piano, I, II, III, IV, & V by Morton Feldman, and Helix 5 [for variable sound producing means] by Jerry Hunt; Action Piece 2, drawn from Piano Piece(s) for David Tudor Nos. 1, 2, & 3 by La Monte Young. Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.
Poets Christopher Merrill and Tomaz Salamun read original works. Presented by the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles. Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Espiral: Passages and Exposures - Join three premiere Chicana poets-- Gloria Alvarez, Consuelo Flores, and Linda Gamboa--as they share their introspective work inspired by the Getty's permanent collection. Presented as part of the Artist Series, designed to explore the collection from the unique perspective of visual, literary, and performing artists. Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Poets Mark Doty, Richard Howard, Heather McHugh, and Carl Phillips read original new works reflecting upon the Getty Research Institute's current scholar year theme, "Reproductions and Originals." Friday, April 27, 8 p.m.
Marylin Chin and Jeffrey McDaniel read original works. Presented by the Getty Research Institute in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles.
Thursday, May 10, 8 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Selected Shorts - Acclaimed actors of screen and stage read contemporary and classic literature in Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, presented by New York's Symphony Space.
Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 23 at 3 and 8 p.m.;
and Sunday, June 24 at 3 and 7 p.m.
Harry Smith Film Screening - An evening of films by Harry Smith, regarded as one of the leading experimental filmmakers of the 20th century, is presented in conjunction with the Harry Smith symposium ( see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences.") Selections draw from all aspects of his career: from the hand-painted Early Abstractions to his Late Superimpositions, multilayered autobiographical images ranging from New York to the Kiowa reservation in Oklahoma, and rare and unseen works from the Harry Smith Archives.
Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Getty scholar and filmmaker Péter Forgács screens a selection of his award-winning documentary works.
Bartos Family: Father and Three Sons (1988)
This film draws on the home movie footage of Hungarian businessman and popular composer Zoltan Bartos to present a personal view of Central-European history from 1928-1965. Bartos' music is featured in the score. Running time: 61 minutes.
Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Meanwhile Somewhere (1994)
An artful patchwork of home movie images from all over occupied Europe, this poetic elegy tells the unknown private histories of World War II. Composer Tibor Szemzo produced the mesmerizing musical score. Running time: 52 minutes.
Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.
Angelos' Film (1999)
This work presents the private film journal of Greek businessman Angelos Papanastassiou, who secretly captured on 16-mm film the Nazi atrocities of the German-Italian occupation of Greece. Accompanied by the sensitive, meditative music of Tibor Szemzö.
Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Point-of-View Gallery Talks - Unless otherwise noted, limited to 25 people per talk; sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m. Talks take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries.
Urban planner James Riojas, who spent three years doing environmental work in Budapest, talks about the exhibition Shaping the Great City. Friday, March 9
Los Angeles artist Jody Zellen, who works with architecture, digital art and space, talks about the exhibition Shaping the Great City. Friday, April 6
Photographer and painter Jo Ann Callis talks about the exhibition August Sander: German Portraits, 1918-1933. Friday, May 25
Watch conservator/gilder Marisa Kuizenga demonstrate gilding techniques used by French artisans in the 1700s. Drop in any time between 1 and 4 p.m. in the South Art Information Room.
Thursday, March 8 and Sunday, March 11
Sunday, April 8 and Thursday, April 12
Sunday, May 6 and Thursday, May 10
Parisian High Tea - Celebrate Mother's Day with an exquisite Parisian high tea at the Getty Restaurant. Tea will feature recipes from Alexandra Leaf's cookbook The Impressionist Table; event follows a lecture by Leaf on the French food culture of the 19th century (see "Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences"). $25 per person, call 310-440-7300 for reservations. Sunday, May 13, 4-6 p.m., Restaurant at the Getty Center
Storytelling - Lively presentations of myths and legends related to the collections. Meet in front of the Museum's Family Room. No reservations needed.
English: Offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Spanish: (if requested): Saturday, March 3 and 17 at noon
Saturday, April 14 and 28 at noon
Saturday, May 12 and 26 at noon
Sign-language interpretation: (accompanying storytelling in English):
Sunday, March 11 and 25 at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 and 22, at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 6 and 20, at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.
Art Adventures for Families - This one-hour gallery talk for children
and adults to enjoy together includes an introduction to the Family Room
and a fun, activity-filled visit to the galleries. Meet in the Museum Entrance
Hall, under the stairs. No reservations needed. Every Saturday and Sunday
at 2 p.m.
Getty Family Festival - The Getty Museum hosts a day of celebration featuring performances by local dance and musical groups, storytelling, art-making workshops, and gallery activities. The festival is produced for the Museum by Community Arts Resources. Admission is free. Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Families visiting the Getty Center can enjoy a variety of regularly scheduled activities, audioguide tours, and the Family Room, which features "Picture Yourself," a playful view of portraits with game boxes and art kits to use in the galleries, picture books, computers, and other resources to make the most of your visit with children. Most family activities are offered in English and Spanish.
GETTY MUSEUM SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESOURCES
The Museum offers a wide variety of services and programs in Spanish including gallery talks, audioguide recorded tours, architecture tours, storytelling and the Family Room resources. For further information, call 310-440-7300.
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CONFERENCES, AND SYMPOSIA
Unless otherwise noted, these events are open to the public and take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Advance reservations for parking and seating are required; call 310-440-7300 (notice of cancellation is appreciated). The following events are free; parking at the Getty Center is $5.
Scenes from the First Year of the Roman Republic - Lecture by Erika Simon, professor emerita, Institute for Classical Archaeology and Martin von Wagner Museum, Julius-Maximilians University, Würzburg. Cosponsored by the Getty Museum Department of Antiquities and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.
Wednesday, March 14, 4 p.m.
The Emergence of the City-State of Naxos in the Aegean: A Case Study - Lecture by Vassili Lambrinoudakis, department of archaeology, University of Athens. Cosponsored by the Getty Museum Department of Antiquities and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
Tues. Apr. 24, 4 p.m.
Portraits of Barbarians in Roman Art - Elizabeth Bartman, trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and independent scholar, explores the depiction of barbarians in a series of high-quality Roman portraits that raise fundamental questions about Roman identity and self-definition. Cosponsored by the Getty Museum Department of Antiquities, the AIA, and the Los Angeles County Society.
Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Exhibition Lectures - These lectures are presented in conjunction with exhibitions on view at the Getty Center.
August Sander: Faces of Weimar, 1918-1933 - Claudia Bohn-Spector, independent curator and writer, explores the work of German photographer August Sander who spent more than four decades attempting to create a collective portrait of the German people. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition August Sander: German Portraits 1918-1933.
Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m.
Marcia Hall, professor and graduate chair, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, explores the meanings conveyed by color in Italian Renaissance painting in conjunction with the exhibition Illuminating Color.
Thursday, May 31, 7 p.m.
Antiquities Series: Ancient Art, Material Culture and Identity - This lecture series explores the interplay of art, material culture, and social and cultural identity in the ancient classical world and the ways art actively defines and transforms identity. Discussion will focus on the role art, artifacts, and visual representations play in determining real and imagined ancient identities.
Who Were The Greeks? - Jonathan Hall, associate professor, departments of classics and history, University of Chicago, explores ethnic identity and the self-definition of ancient Greeks. Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Was Ganymede Really Gay? Sexual Identity, Gods and the Gaze of Heaven in Greek Myth - James Davidson, department of classics and ancient history, University of Warwick, investigates Greek myths and their interpretations.
Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Kerameikos to Krazy Kat: The Development of Naturalism in Attic Vase-Painting - Richard Neer, assistant professor of art history, University of Chicago, examines the representation of "Greeks and Others" in Athenian vase-painting and how identity was depicted in the Classical period.
Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
First Impression Series - This lecture series provides insight into the Museum's Impressionist holdings, including paintings, drawings, and a sketchbook.
Richard Kendall, independent scholar, explores the role of pastel in Degas' work and the revival of pastel among his contemporaries.
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Richard Brettell, professor, arts and humanities, University of Texas, Dallas, will explore the theme of gesture and Impressionism.
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Mothers Day Event
Writer and culinary historian Alexandra Leaf lectures on the French food culture of the 19th century with a focus on the world of cafes, picnics, and restaurants and their significance to Impressionist and other 19-century artists. Following the lecture is a Parisian high tea in the Restaurant, featuring recipes inspired by Leaf's cookbook The Impressionist Table (see "Restaurant Events").
Sunday, May 13, 3 p.m.
Carol Armstrong, Doris Stevens Professor in Womens Studies, Princeton University, and author of the Getty publication A Degas Sketchbook, discusses the function of drawing in the work of Impressionists Degas and Cézanne.
Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.
Getty Research Institute Lectures/Conferences
Architectural Replications: Learning from Japan, India, and Nepal - Niels Gutschow, chair, history of art, the University of Bristol, UK and specialist in the preservation and reconstruction of Nepalese and Japanese architecture, discusses Eastern and Western attitudes about architectural imitation.
Thursday, March 22, 4 p.m., Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall
French Reproductive Engraving and the Metaphor of Translation - Stephen Bann discusses relationships between salon painting, reproductive engraving, and reproduction photography in 19th-century France.
Wednesday, May 30, 4 p.m., Getty Research Institute Lecture Hall
Art Matters Lecture Series - In this ongoing series of conversations
with artists, dealers, and others about the changing California arts scene,
Barbara Isenberg (author of the new book State of the Arts: California
Artists Talk About Their Work) interviews the pioneering feminist artist
Judy Chicago. (In cooperation with the Skirball Center.)
Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Media Pop Conference - This two-day national conference examines the relationship between Pop Art and the media in the 1960s, including film, photography, and video; features a keynote artists panel (see below) and three scholar sessions. Hosted by the Getty Research Institute in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles. Registration required; call 310-440-7300.
Friday, April 6, 1-3:45 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
Media Pop Artists Panel - Vija Celmins, Dennis Hopper, and Ed Ruscha, leading figures in the L.A. art world of the 1960s, take part in a keynote panel discussion moderated by Cecile Whiting, professor of art history at UCLA, in conjunction with the Media Pop conference. Note: This event requires a separate reservation.
Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
Harry Smith: The Avant Garde in the American Vernacular - This two-day symposium, the first interdisciplinary event to focus on the work and legacy of American avant-garde filmmaker, painter, and musicologist Harry Smith, features lectures, discussions, and multimedia presentations. See concert and film listings for details on related events. Hosted by the Getty Research Insitute. Registration required; call 310-440-7300.
Friday, April 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Art of David Tudor: Indeterminacy and Performance in Postwar Culture - This symposium brings together an international group of scholars, composers, artists, and art historians to examine the work of the pianist and composer David Tudor (1926-1996), pioneer of American experimentalism. The collections of the Getty Research Institute serve as a point of departure. Opening events take place at CalArts on May 17 (see listing below); evening concerts take place on May 18 and 19 at the Getty Center (see performance listings). Cosponsored by the Research Institute and the California Institute of the Arts School of Music.Advance registration required; call 310-440-7300.
Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Museum Lecture Hall
David Tudor Symposium Opening Events at CalArts - Two special events at CalArts celebrate the spirit and time of David Tudor: Rainforest IV, a sound sculpture environment conceived by Tudor and realized by Composers Inside Electronics, a group of CalArts performers and composers, and guest artists; and a "Panel of David Tudor's Friends and Collaborators" (Billy Kluver, Jackie Monnier, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, and moderator Jean Rigg). For more information call CalArts at 661-253-7800 or 818-362-2315, or visit the David Tudor Web site at www.citrustudio.com/davidtudor.
Thursday, May 17, 7-10:30 p.m. (performance) and 8-9:30 p.m. (panel), CalArts
Getty Conservation Institute Lectures
Issues in Conservation - This series of public lectures examines conservation issues from around the world.
Conservation of the Ancient Buddhist Cave Temples of Mogao, China - Neville Agnew, principle project specialist at the Conservation Institute, discusses the conservation challenges and fascinating history of the Silk Road cave temples of Mogao, among the world's most important sites of Buddhist art. The Conservation Institute has been working with Chinese authorities since 1989 to conserve the site and its art.
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Rembrandt Revealed: Old Uncertainties, New Deductions - David Bomford, senior restorer of paintings, National Gallery, London, discusses how new technical examination of paintings by Rembrandt has revealed the extent of the compositional changes he made as he worked.
Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
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Conservation at Mogao Grottoes, China
In April 2001, a four-week campaign for the Conservation Institute's wall painting project at the Mogao grottoes will take place. Project work will focus intensively on treatment of the cave paintings, particularly the re-attachment by grouting of the painted surfaces. The Institute's China Principles project will also move into its application phase at Mogao, where further development of master planning for the site will occur with the Dunhuang Academy staff at Mogao and the Australian Heritage Commission. This will include the development of a detailed visitors strategy plan.
Workshop on Museum Buildings and Their Collections
As part of the Conservation Institute's Latin American Consortium project, the Consortium will offer a workshop on environmental issues of museum collections and their buildings, May 14-19, 2001 at the Centro de Conservação e Restauração de Bens Culturais Móveis (CECOR), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The workshop--for architects and collection conservators who teach in architecture, conservation-restoration, and/or museology programs--will examine current research, and practical strategies addressing the environmental issues of collections and the buildings that house them; highlight interdisciplinary strategies for sustainable environmental conditions for collections and buildings; and present educational resources that can be used in training programs. The Consortium is composed of the Conservation Institute and academic institutions and foundations involved in strengthening preventive conservation training in Latin America.
In March at the 6th-century site of Joya de Cerén in El Salvador, the Conservation Institute will continue working with government officials and archaeologists to further develop a management plan for the site. Activities will include the development of project policies, the assessment of the site's condition, preliminary recommendations for conservation, and coordination with the site presentation project. Also in March, at the 9th-century Maya site of Copán in Honduras, the Institute will carry out a second condition survey of the hieroglyphic stairway on the site. A third field campaign in May 2001 will focus on the revision of collected data, research on local building material, and treatment tests, and include the final installation of the environmental monitoring station.
Sanctuario Scala Santa, Rome
A Getty grant of $170,000 is enabling a team of specialists to conduct a comprehensive conservation survey of frescoes and other decorative elements in the Pontificio Sanctuario Scala Santa in Rome. The Sanctuary, designed in 1589 by the great urbanist and architect Domenico Fontana, houses the Scala Santa (Holy Staircase) and the Sancta Sanctorum (the private Papal chapel). The Scala Santa, which consists of 28 white marble steps, is believed to be the staircase that Christ ascended to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate; legend maintains that it was later brought to Rome from Jerusalem by St. Helena (the mother of Constantine the Great) in the fourth century. The decorations to be studied include extensive mural cycles commissioned by Pope Sixtus V which represent the work of prominent Roman artists Paul Bril, Giovanni Baglioni, and Cesare Nebbia. The comprehensive conservation plan will inform and guide the future restoration of the Sanctuary.
Moggerhanger House, England
A Getty architectural conservation grant of $250,000 will help conserve the historic interiors of Moggerhanger House, a rare surviving example of the highly original ideas and designs of architect and collector Sir John Soane. Originally a modest country lodge, Moggerhanger House--altered and extended by Soane between 1790 and 1826--illustrates the architect's characteristic transformation of all aspects of a building into a work of art. As in his other designs, such as the Bank of England and Dulwich College, Soane employs simplified classical motifs and unusual spatial arrangements at Moggerhanger. Although the estate was in poor repair and slated for partial demolition in the early 1990s, the Moggerhanger House Preservation Trust has since been established and has put the conservation of the entire estate on firm footing.
Paintings Conservation Project
The paintings conservation department at the Getty Museum occasionally undertakes the conservation of works from other collections in exchange for the opportunity to exhibit the paintings at the Getty after completion of the treatments. The most recent painting to come to Los Angeles as part of this collaborative program is from the Hispanic Society in New York. The poignant Virgin with the Yarn Winder by Luis de Morales is a rare painting outside of Spain and considered to be one of his masterpieces. The picture has been cleaned and restored, and was also the focus of analytical studies supported by the scientific department at the Getty Conservation Institute. In order to support the cost of bringing the painting to Los Angeles, the Getty formed a partnership with Friends of Heritage Preservation, which serves as a model for future collaborations. Virgin with the Yarn Winder will be on public view from March through August, 2001.
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College Art Association Getty Panel 2001 The Getty Research Institute will present a panel discussion at the annual College Art Association meeting in Chicago on Thursday, March 1, 2001, related to the Institute's scholar year theme Reproductions and Originals. Institute Director Thomas Crow and Getty scholars in residence will participate.
Architectural Imitations is a research collaboration between the Getty and the Research Institute for History and Culture at the University of Utrecht. Two small symposia of 10 participants each will explore the changing attitudes towards architectural reconstructions and imitations in Europe between 1750 and 2000 and the differences from the rest of the world. The first symposium will take place at the Getty Research Institute March 22-24, 2001. A second symposium will be held in Utrecht in fall 2001. This project is based upon the scholar year theme Reproductions and Originals.
Vatican Topography Project - An interdisciplinary team at Harvard University is using digital models and a multimedia database to reconstruct the history of modifications to the Vatican Hill area over its 2000-year history and make this information available to scholars. A Getty grant of $250,000 will support the completion of research by professors and students in Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The resulting reference work will serve as an invaluable research and teaching tool for professionals in the architectural and design professions, as well as for scholars of art history, architectural history, landscape architecture, urban design, and topography.
Dissertation Workshop - Unstable Strategies II: Writing the History of Art Now - The Getty Research Institute will present the second in an ongoing series of workshops for doctoral candidates from California on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2001, examining how their dissertations deal with methodological and theoretical issues in visual studies.
Originality of Translation Workshop - Noted translators and theorists of translation, including Richard Howard and Michael Heim, will discuss the tension between originality and reproduction in translation on Thursday, April 26, 2001, at the Getty Research Institute.
Art History and Identity - Twelve noted scholars--including participants in the scholars programs of the Getty Research Institute and the Clark Art Institute--will deliver position papers on the role identity has come to play in the history, theory, and practice of art history today from Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Getty Research Institute.
Getty Research Library's Expanded Service Hours - The Getty Research Library is open to its readers on all Fridays and Saturdays. Reference and circulation services are available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Special Collections Reading Room has expanded its hours to Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.
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Getty Leadership Institute: On May 30 and June 1, 2001, the Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) will cosponsor a two-day seminar on strategy and finance for the AAMD membership, to be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The seminar will be taught by Jeanne Liedtka and Kent Chabotar, faculty members from the MMI program--the GLI's annual summer institute in Berkeley, California, where museum directors and senior executives explore the latest leadership and management theories and practices.
Latin American Art Catalogue - The University of Texas' Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art was awarded a Getty grant to prepare a catalogue of the Museum's collection of Latin American art. The Blanton Museum contains one of the most comprehensive collections of 20th-century Latin American art in the United States with more than 1,600 works by 500 artists, representing many of the most significant artists and movements to emerge in Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean during the last century. While many important exhibition catalogues of Latin American art are widely available, the Blanton Museum catalogue will be the first of its size and scope. It will include introductory essays on the history and context of the collection and its value as a teaching resource, as well as interpretative essays on specific aspects of the collection, written primarily by Latin American scholars.
Ghetto Fighters' Museum Catalogue - The Beit Lohamei Haghetaot, or Ghetto Fighters' Museum, is located in Western Galilee, Israel, and recently received Getty funds to catalogue its art collection. The largest known collection of its kind, it includes art works created by both Jews and non-Jews living in the ghettos, in hiding, and in concentration camps during the Holocaust, as well as works created by Holocaust survivors. The grant will allow the Museum to develop in-depth cataloguing information on the key works in the collection, biographies of the artists, and historical information on the camps and ghettos in which the works were created. The catalogue will include both English and Hebrew translations; publication is planned for 2002.
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The Getty is currently seeking new volunteers to assist visitors to the Getty Center, including the Getty Museum. Volunteers take part in a variety of activities, including greeting visitors, answering questions, assisting with special events and projects, and helping with office work throughout the Getty. Ages 18 and up are welcome. Fluency in more than one language is helpful. No previous arts experience is necessary. Ongoing training is provided. Three-hour weekday, weekend, and evening shifts are available. To receive a volunteer application, call the Volunteer Hotline at 310-440-7303.
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Publications can be ordered through the Getty Trust Publications Online catalog at www.getty.edu/bookstore or by telephone at 800-223-3431. For review copies, contact Getty Trust Publications at 310-440-6795.
Figured in Marble
The Making and Viewing of Eighteenth-Century Sculpture
An in-depth look at 18th-century marble sculpture, this volume effectively situates sculpture in the narrative of British art.
J. Paul Getty Museum. $80.00 cloth.
Orpheus and Eurydice
Sybil Gräfin Schönfeldt
Illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev
Translated by Pauline Hejl
The tragic tale of Orpheus, his gift for music, and his undying love for the oak nymph Eurydice, retold in an engaging picture book. Ages ten and up.
J. Paul Getty Museum. $16.95 cloth.
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